Award Winners

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Business Women’s Giving Circle announced the winners of its inaugural grant cycle.  A total of $40,000 has been awarded to three organizations providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Entrepreneurship programs to girls in Northern Virginia.  An additional $2,000 in annual contributions will be used to establish an endowment for future giving.

GMU-FOCUSGeorge Mason University Foundation – FOCUS: Females of Color Underrepresented in STEM: $20,000
To support a week-long STEM summer camp program for 100 middle school girls at GMU to pique the interest of females of color by offering exciting hands-on and experiential learning in STEM and to empower them with leadership, entrepreneurial and 21st Century skills including communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

Marymount University – Empowering Leaders in STEAM “ENLIST”: $10,000
To support a twelve-week STEM/STEAM after school program for 60 5th-6th grade girls through Marymount University’s partnership with Fort Belvoir Elementary School to spark students’ enthusiasm.  Activities will be staffed by 15 MU pre-service teachers and supervised by mentor teachers.

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship – NFTE Girls Entrepreneurship Camp: $10,000NFTE1
To support the creation of a two-week Girls Entrepreneurship Camp in Northern Virginia during the summer of 2015 that will teach a range of business topics, offer field trips to local businesses, and culminate in a business plan competition.